A sure-fire sharpening method
Hand tools are usually the last things that woodworkers master. Power tools are just easier, and the main reason is that bits and blades arrive sharp and ready for action. But plane blades and chisels need to be sharpened, and often, and a light touch on a grinding wheel doesn’t do the trick. They simply won’t work well until they are honed to razor sharpness.
But when you use a handplane with a truly sharp iron in it, you’ll finally see what all the fuss is about. It is like a magic wand, turning almost any surface into a flat, glassy thing of beauty, ready for finish, in just a few strokes!
At Fine Woodworking, I’ve seen every sharpening jig and method under the sun, and I’ve settled what I think is the fastest and most foolproof, for everyone from beginners to veterans. I presented it recently in our Getting Started in Woodworking series. You’ll need a bench grinder, a good honing jig, and a couple of waterstones, but then you’ll be set for life. Check out this free video where I walk you through it.
Sharpening Tool Kit Equipment:
Follow the links below for more information about the tools and supplies featured in this episode:
– Any model bench grinder – slow-speed (approx. 1,725 rpm) recommended
– 60-Grit Aluminum Oxide Grinding Wheel, White
– Veritas MK-II Honing Guide
– Any synthetic water stones
– Standard household glass (tip: use a piece of scratch-free glass from an old picture frame)
– Sandpaper (220 and 320 grit wet/dry abrasives available at any hardware store)
– Spray adhesive